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Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties
Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties. A UQ Art Museum Touring Exhibition.
Danie Mellor Exotic lies and sacred ties (The heart that conceals, the tongue that never reveals) 2008
Installation: pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper, framed, with mosaic china, taxidermy animals and painted wood
325.0 x 325.0 x 130.0 cm variable
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2009
This major survey focuses on the past decade of Danie Mellor’s practice, and is the first exhibition to consider in depth the artist’s contribution to contemporary Australian art. Mellor’s Indigenous heritage informs his art and he maintains strong links with his mother’s Country on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland. His twenty-first century works unravel connections between his familial cultures and the secrets inherent in Australian history. Starting from what Mellor refers to as ‘post-settlement’ Australia (beginning with European settlement in the late 1780s), his practice focuses on the historical intersections of people, ideas and culture, and the transformations that resulted when Indigenous environments were appropriated and commodified. In this exhibition Mellor’s narrative unfolds through a number of recurring themes which compel us to consider Australia’s colonial legacy and encourage engagement with the nation’s shared and contested histories.
Curator: Maudie Palmer AO; Coordinating Curator: Samantha Littley